Planning matters

Ready to Buy a House?

Determining whether to buy a house or stick to renting is a major decision. While there are many personal factors, a number of indicators can help determine when you’re ready to buy. Putting Down Roots – How long do you plan to stay in the home? As a general rule, a buyer should plan on…

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Value and Growth: When does it Matter?

If you have spent any amount of time watching tv, listening to a stock market update on the radio or browsing the financial papers, you have invariably come across references to “growth” or “value” stocks and mutual funds.  Although intuitively you may understand the difference, why does it matter? Let’s take a look. Growth stocks…

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Marriage and Money

June is a popular month for weddings and exactly thirty-six years ago today, my husband and I were standing at the altar lovingly exchanging our wedding vows. However, none of those vows included anything about handling money together. We were left to our own devices to figure that out. Here are some great tips from…

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Budgeting for Your Pet

Have you recently welcomed a new pet into your home and family? If not, chances are good you know somebody who has. Along with all the cuteness and excitement of having a new furry friend comes the associated costs that need to be factored into the budget. And while adjusting your finances to accommodate for…

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Financial Answers Everyone Should Know

Finances, ugh. We understand that not everyone enjoys dealing with money matters. In many joint households, financial responsibilities often fall to one person, with the other having little or no knowledge. While we are happy to act as a partner to help unravel detailed questions, we also want to emphasize the importance of knowing the…

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